Privacy rights afforded under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) change significantly once a student enters a post-secondary institution. The same laws that give parents access to and control over a child’s education records during elementary and high school transfer ownership of the records to the student at the college level.
Parents are encouraged to ask their students for academic information if it's needed. A student can also authorize faculty and staff to provide parents with protected information on a case-by case basis or grant access through the Parent Portal.
The Parent Portal is a tool that allows a student to provide secure online access to several components of their education record. If your student elects to provide you with access to the records, he/she may do so through the myWings portal on the Student Records menu.
For more information regarding the Parent Portal, including how to sign up, please refer to the Parent Portal Guide.
Parents are strongly encouraged to contact their student regarding an education record.
Education record information is only shared with the student and may not be shared with the parent, except in the following circumstances:
Directory information is the information available about a student that is not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. While FERPA and state law protect the privacy of education records, directory information is not treated as confidential and may be disclosed by the university without student consent unless the student requests non-disclosure. At UNF, the following has been designated as directory information:
In most cases, UNF will not contact you or provide medical, academic, or disciplinary information without your student's permission. In the case of an extreme emergency, where the health of your son or daughter is in serious jeopardy, or if there is a concern that he/she poses a threat to him or herself or to someone else, the University may contact you. As a general guideline, if your child is able to communicate about the situation, it is up to him/her to decide whether and how to discuss the issues.
A student's privacy rights expire upon death. Because FERPA rights are no longer extended to deceased students, Federal law allows the institution to exercise its own discretion in deciding whether or not, and under what circumstances, a student's education records should be disclosed to family members or other third parties. Requests for education records of a deceased student should be made to the Office of the Registrar and be for either business purposes or at the request of the estate.
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